Friday, 11 November 2016

Poppies On Parade

This is Remembrance Day here in Canada.  On the eleventh month, the eleventh day and at the eleventh hour, we observe a minute of silence to remember all those who fought in the wars.  Respecting their effort and sacrifice is important to us and I hope that never changes.  We also wear red poppies this time of year as a symbol of that respect.

This year the Legion presented a virtual Poppy Drop on the Peace Tower and Center Block of our  Parliament Building.  117000 poppies are in the display each representing one of Canada's fallen.

I love poppies.  They are a colourful hardy perennial in any garden.  A couple years ago I bought a poppy scarf and the poppy drop earrings at the War Museum gift shop.  Here's a photo of them.

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I've enjoyed wearing both lately.

And here is what I think are poppies, the way only William Morris would render them anyway, among floating leaves and tendrils.    

Morris Seaweed Fabric From the Morris & Co collection ‘Morris Seaweed’ design in ebony and poppy shows a free flowing and sinuous pattern which captures the underwater movement of plants.:

And a bit of truth in layers in poetry.  This is so true especially of some of the delicate wild flowers. I have tried to include them in a bouquet but they will droop almost immediately upon picking.  

But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed.

Hope your weekend is full of pleasing things.